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Posted on: April 1, 2010 9:10 am

WFU's Aminu will hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu announced Thursday morning that he wil enter the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward will hire an agent and forfeit his amateur status.

"This was a difficult decision," Aminu said. "But after talking it over with my family and my coaches, I believe now is the right time for me to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA. I want to thank Wake Forest and the basketball program for all they have done for me the past two years. I have had some great experiences and will miss the friends that I have made here. I'm excited to take the next step and begin my professional career."

Aminu averaged 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

DraftExpress.com projects him as a top five pick.
Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:14 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2008 3:49 pm

Dear Gary (on re-ranking the top freshmen)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: So now that you've admitted your impact freshmen list was a little off, how would you rework it based on the early season? Has Greg Monroe begun to make good on his elite prospect status?

-- Geraud

You know, I think I'm a Greg Monroe fan. He's not Michael Beasley or Kevin Durant or anything like that, but I've seen him three or four times this season, and he's pretty damn impressive. Plus, he just looks like an NBA player, perhaps more so than any other freshman. So while I stand by my comment that he's never blown me away like a typical top prospect usually does, I freely admit that I think more of him than I thought I would, because he's definitely one of the top freshmen in America.

As for re-ranking the freshmen, my new top five would probably look like this:

1. Samardo Samuels (Louisville)
2. Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
3. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
4. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
5. Willie Warren (Oklahoma)

Two other guys worth watching, for different reasons are Arkansas' Courtney Fortson and Xavier's Terrell Holloway.

Why Fortson?

Because he's averaging 15.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.4 rebounds for the 6-1 Hogs, though it remains to be seen how much of those statistics are just a byproduct of Arkansas not having many good options and/or Arkansas playing a weak non-league schedule.

Why Holloway?

Because I'm a big fan of freshmen who contribute for good teams, and Holloway is contributing for a top 10 team. His statistics (6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game) don't jump off the page. But he's an important part of a likely league champion, and I tend to find that more impressive than a freshmen on a bad team posting huge numbers.

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